Each year, generous artists agree to donate a special work of original art - usually a custom framed painting - commissioned specifically for that year's National Specialty and featuring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The artwork is used for the cover of our show catalog and often on an Annual for the Club. The actual artwork is not revealed until it is displayed during the National Specialty at the Charitable Trust space in the ringside area. At the conclusion of the National Specialty, the Charitable Trust holds a very special event - a Banquet and Silent Auction. The National Artwork is auctioned off during this event and is one of the highlights of the evening. The money raised from the auctioning of the National Artwork has raised thousands of dollars over the years to help fund research that improves the quality of the lives of our Cavaliers. If you've never attended, please consider yourself invited to our Charitable Trust Auction & Banquet.  Can't attend but would like to help? See our "How to Help" tab on this site.

Artist: Chris Quinn

The theme for the 2005 show is “The year of the Puppy”.  Chris has been working on a series of puppy portraits for the CKCSC of Puget Sound.  Each year she depicts a Cavalier puppy of one of the four colors in a different season.  This year will be the final in that series with a Tri-color puppy in a winter setting; which makes the National Artwork for this year a perfect segway for her talents.

Chis has painted dog portraits for over 20 years.  She studied at the New Renaissance Academy of Fine Art and has learned the technique of old masters to create life and dimension on her paintings.  Chris found the Cavalier breed in a Kodak advertisement for Christmas.  The eyes have always been one of the things that stand out in her paintings so the puppies won her heart.  She has had Cavaliers for 18 years and has been active in the breed.  Chris is a Charter member of the ACKCSC and is the President and Charter member of the CKCSC of Puget Sound.

This is Chris’s second time as National Artist.